As the daily cases are still on spike and as the beds are filling up fast administrations fear a shortage of beds in hospitals, and to meet the demands Indian Railways has seen a rise in demand for its Covid-19 isolation. The India Railways has received a demand from Nandurbar, a Maharashtra district close to the Gujarat border, for around 95 coaches and 1,500 beds.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Western Railways and the district authorities. Each Covid-19 care rake will have 20 coaches, comprising modified Sleeper and General coaches; each coach can accommodate 16 patients. The coaches will be suitably positioned as mutually agreed upon between the district administration of Nandurbar and the divisional administration of the Mumbai division of Western Railways. Maharashtra on Monday reported 51,751 fresh coronavirus positive cases, a day after logging the highest 63,294 infections, while 258 people died, the state health department said. The state’s cumulative case tally now stands at 34,58,996 and the toll at 58,245, it said.